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Zaldívar Copper Mine – Northern Chile

Producer of



Northern Chile


Barrick Gold Corp. (100%)

Geology type

Tertiary copper porphyry deposit with rhyolite-hosted primary sulphides overlain by secondary oxides and sulphides

Mineral type

Chalcocite, brochantite, chrysocolla, pyrite, chalcopyrite, molybdenite

Reserve base

2.67Mt of copper (2005)

Annual production

123,400t of copper (2005)

Mining method

Open pit

Processing method

Gyratory,cone and wet crushing, heap leach, solvent extraction and electrowinning


720 plus 30 contractors' staff

Open Pit

Rahco stacker system


Plant - Outokumpu Mintec

Buildings - Garco Building Systems

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